Nigeria: NGO provides relieve materials to 910 Internally Displaced persons
By Mohammad Ibrahim
June 12 (Kaduna) Not less than 910 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled North-Eastern Nigeria due to insurgency received relieve materials in Kaduna state North-West part of the country.
Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organization ARRIDA RELIEF Foundation Nigeria (ARFON) gave out the materials to the IDPs including disables,widows,children and men.
The relieve materials made up of food items, and clothing. Founder of ARFON, Rabi Salisu Ibrahim while presenting the items at Maraban Jos IDP center,said distribution wil be made to Kauta Village,Rafin Guza, Hayin Danmani, Jere and Rijana IDPs centers across the state.
She gave the breakdown of the beneficiaries in various centers thus: Maraban Jos-120, Kauta Village- 270, Rafin Guza- 270,Hayin Danmani-100 while Jere and Rijana have a total of 300 IDPs.She lamented that, due to lean resources,she could not reach out to similar camps at Rigasa,Kauta village, Barakallahu,Gadan Gayan who also need attention.
"Our major challenges are man power and lack of food and funds for the basic educational needs of these innocent kids."We are appealing to government to assist us with at least NYSC members that will teach and carter for the basic services in these camps," she said.
She called on international donor agencies , government and corporate organization as well as wealthy individuals to also assist by establishing a Skill Acquisition Centers and a trauma center for the widows, children and other survivors of the insurgency.
"We are also appealing to government and well meaning corporate organizations and Nigerians generally, to come forward with food items, new or used clothes for these vulnerable."I have ejected tenants in another house in Maraban Jos which I also inherited from my late mother. We used to generate over N1 million naira income ( 9000 USD) I had to forfeit it as hostel for the IDPs who are sleeping in make shift tents under bridges of Maiduguri," she said.
Rabi called on government and Nigerians to inculcate the habit of visiting IDP camps to give sense of belonging to traumatized IDPs and to appreciate what God has given to them.She said over 2,000 less privileged made up of IDPs and orphans and physically challenged will be hosted to a break fast on Thursday.
"Even though I prefer children because I have only vacancy for nursery and primary school, but I still cater for adults, youths and orphans especially those effected by past crisis in Kaduna State," she added.
In his remarks, Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Kaduna State Chapter Comrade Garba Muhammad,NUJ Chairman, who had earlier presented food items,described Mr Rabi as "a woman with big heart who needs the support and encouragement of everyone in providing care and intervention to the IDPs."